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"I am ok, but injured a little bit so we don't want to take any risks. It is not very serious, but I cannot play my normal game at the moment. We need to make a good game, concentrate on our team performance and take confidence for the rest of the tournament."

Earvin Ngapeth
France's today's second libero
Earvin Ngapeth

Overview

The first match for the European Champions of 2015, is against Romania who make their 17th appearance and first since a 12th place in 1995 at the EuroVolley. France have won 99 matches at the EuroVolley and can become the fifth team to reach 100 wins. While the record for France against Romania (W1-L8) is in Romania’s favour, France have consistently played against the European elite over the last years, with their last loss against Romania in 1995.

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  • Match Polls
  • Officials
    First Referee
    David FERNANDEZ FUENTES
    ESP
    Second Referee
    Nikolai KNIZHNIKOV
    RUS
  • Venue Information
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    L'Arena is the first new-generation multi‐purpose hall in France. This venue can host concerts, sports events, congresses, and exhibitions. L'Arena offers an ideal location, just a few hundred meters from the airport and with tram connection to the city center. The Arena has been designed with visitor comfort in mind: bars, luggage rooms, air conditioning, information screens, and entertainment...: unrivaled conditions of comfort ensuring that you make the most of its exceptional events program
  • How To Attend
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    Route de la Foire, MONTPELLIER - PEROLS, 34470


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Team

Squad Listing

Team

C 6

TONIUTTI Benjamin

Setter

2

GREBENNIKOV Jénia

Libero

4

PATRY Jean

Opposite

7

TILLIE Kévin

Outside spiker

8

LYNEEL Julien

Outside spiker

9

NGAPETH Earvin

Libero

10

LE ROUX Kevin

Middle blocker

11

BRIZARD Antoine Arthur Fabien

Setter

12

BOYER Stephen

Opposite

14

LE GOFF Nicolas

Middle blocker

16

BULTOR Daryl

Middle blocker

17

CLEVENOT Trévor

Outside spiker

18

ROSSARD Thibault

Outside spiker

21

CHINENYEZE Barthélémy

Middle blocker

Coaches

9892

TILLIE Laurent

Head Coach

Player profile

TILLIE Laurent

Head Coach

9719

ENARD Cedric

Assistant Coach 2

Player profile

ENARD Cedric

Assistant Coach 2

27050

JOSSERAND Arnaud

Assistant Coach

Player profile

JOSSERAND Arnaud

Assistant Coach

Recent Results

Team Statistics

FRANCE

Overview

ROMANIA

Player Statistics

Match Report

France easily crush Romania

Article 12 September 2019

France convincingly overpowered Romania for the first match of their Euro in front of a massive cheering crowd. Really applied and focused, Laurent Tillie’s men made it look easy, even without Ngapeth, still injured. Pascu’s players showed some great courage and vigor, especially at the beginning of the game, but could not resist France’s wide set of skills. As Lyneel retrieved a ball on top of the scoreboard officials, what was seen tonight was a real team effort by the French.

 

Romania will need to react tomorrow at 2:15pm against Bulgaria while the French will have one day off before facing Greece on Saturday. A second win would secure a spot in the round 16 for Les Bleus who might use star Earvin Ngapeth again by then. If they reach the quarterfinals, they will definitely need him for this longed-for semi-final qualifier.

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The match in numbers

90
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

64
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

4971
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

145
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

53%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

7-3
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of FRANCE compared to ROMANIA.

3-3
Ace Count

FRANCE number of service aces compared to ROMANIA

18-23
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of FRANCE, next to those from ROMANIA

"As for every first game of a competition, it's important to play with a smile, really enjoy it. As a team, we played well. I'm happy for the crowd tonight and for our good start."

Stephen Boyer
France's opposite
Boyer behind the 3-meter line

"They play well at home, that's why it was difficult for us to play our best volleyball. We'll try to improve in the upcoming matches, possible winning our first set, and then more. We're looking forward to playing against Portugal and Greece."

Laurentiu Lica
Romania's captain
Romania's captain Lica

France Coach, Laurent TILLIE: "We always think that the first match in a competition is tougher than the others, so we were very focused and I liked it.  We had some great points with incredible defense which kept us in the match."

"It was a difficult game for us because we played against the home team, our first game in a Euro in 24 years. We made a lot of mistakes and I think that is why France won."

Ciprian Matei
Romania's outside hitter
Matei in action

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